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Annual Review of New Biology 2014: Protein Phosphorylation in Plants


April 2015, Annual Review of New Biology 2014, from Science Press, publishes an invited review on Protein Phosphorylation in Plants, by Xue, Tan and Yan.

Reversible protein phosphorylation is an essential post-translational modification, and plays important roles through the eukaryotic kingdom. Protein kinases are responsible for the phosphorylation reaction of substrates, whereas phosphatases catalyze the dephosphorylation. Studies have demonstrated the involvement of protein phosphorylation in every aspect of biological events, including cell-to-cell communication, intracellular signal transduction, immunity and epigenetic regulation.

Our group focuses on the role and mechanism of protein phosphorylation in plants, especially that of Casein Kinase 1 (CK1) and Protein Phosphatase 2A (PP2A), with related publications in EMBO J, Plant Cell, Cell Rep, Plant J and Mol Plant. In this review, Xue et al. summarize the recent progresses and present an overall perspective of the biological function and molecular mechanism of the protein kinases and phosphatases in plants.